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Champions for kids are putting together another awesome SIMPLE Service project. They are introducing the Big Help Book Drive. For this project, they teamed up with Nickelodeon to promote child literacy, to bring awareness to childhood illiteracy and to promote book drives and donations for those in need.
You should know that:
-Students who do more reading at home are better readers and have higher math scores. Students with more types of reading materials in the home also demonstrate greater reading proficiency.
-67% of fourth graders in the U.S. are reading below a Proficient level, according to the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress.
-61% of low-income families have no books for children in their homes, and more than 80% of the preschool and after-school programs serving at-risk children have no books at all.
-Approximately 8.7 million fourth through twelfth grade students struggle with required reading and writing tasks in school. For many adolescent students, ongoing difficulties with reading and writing figure prominently in the decision to drop out of school.
My parents and grandparents always stressed how important it was to read. I think that I read more in the summer than during school year. My mom and grandmother always made sure that all the summer reading was done and then some more. Those values stuck with me as I was growing up. I was always interested in reading and still love to curl up with a good book. It is also the value I am hoping to pass to my children.
My son’s library was started when he was still growing in my tummy. My husband read to him in my stomach almost every night. This was probably the most reading he’s done since he was in school. The picture above is my son’s book shelf. It’s only his partial book collection, he has a big box in the living room as well. He loves books and it makes me very proud.
With this being said, reading is very important to children everywhere. Unfortunately, some children do not have the same access to books. A lot of schools and children’s centers also don’t have the funding to supply an adequate amount of books for their children. This is where you and I can help.
Throughout the next week, I will be hosting a book drive for my family and friends. I encourage everyone to donate new or gently used books. During the first week of October, I will donate all the books to Daniel Foundation. Daniel is a local foundation that provides support to children that are abused, neglected or abandoned. Daniel serves more than 1,000 children and their families every day through a variety of innovative and nationally-recognized programs. They provide counseling, support services and round-the-clock treatment for children with severe emotional problems. They work with foster children as well as facilitate adoption. Daniel even aids other child-services agencies across the country with educational products and conferences based on its successful programs. Within the next few weeks, they will be opening an education center for their children. I will be donating all the books that I get from this book drive to their new education center.
|These are the books that my sister donated.|
To get a head start on our book drive, my little guy and I went to WalMart to see if we can pick up a book for him and for him to donate. I saw a new Dora the Gymnast book that comes with a fun stencils, in this week’s circular, so I thought he would enjoy it. We could not find that book yet, but he saw this Dora book (below) and screamed “Punkiiins”!! I couldn’t help myself, I had to get it for him.
(To see our whole shopping adventure, please visit my Google+ Album)
There were quite a few books that I have my eye on. I will be getting books to donate at the end of the book drive to make sure that there are no doubles. I’ll try to get the books for different ages because everyone seems to forget about teen books.
YOU Can Help! You can all host a Big Help Book Drive with your friends and family. Ask each person to bring books and magazines that are appropriate for children, and give the books and magazines to a teacher, librarian, or community representative for his or her students. Once you’ve done the project, you can even report it to Champions For Kids. You can be one of millions to help CFK meet their goal of 20 million people by 2020. Remember, evey little bit helps and nothing will make you feel more warm and fuzzy inside than helping those in need!
Stay tuned for next week’s post! I will be posting the results of my book drive and a little project that I am working on as a “thank you” gift for our generous donors.
For more information, please visit the Nickelodeon Facebook or Twitter and Champions For Kids Facebook or Twitter.